Neymar transfer news: Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain, PSG saga continues with reasons emerging
IT looks set to be a saga that will define the 2017 summer transfer window.
Neymar is again flirting with a move to Paris Saint-Germain. But this time, the talk feels ominous.
Spanish, Brazilian and French press is awash with claims and counterclaims about a deal that, if true, would become a staggering new world record.
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Neymar’s release clause is set at a cool €222 million (AU$324m) and according to multiple reports, PSG are willing to pay it to capture one of the best players on the planet. Neymar transfer
The news hit the airwaves first in Brazil when Brazilian TV channel Esporte Interativo reported a PSG bid had been accepted, with AS, Marca and Sport in Spain all following up with stories on the deal .Neymar transfer
“PSG want to finalise the signing of Neymar transfer this summer”, wrote Catalan daily Sport .
The AS newspaper headline was: “Neymar flirts with PSG”, something familiar with followers of the proceedings last year when Neymar transfer flirtations with the French capital led to a new bumper contract with Barca.
Yet as more reports emerge – and despite Barcelona’s vice-president Jordi Mestre saying he is “200%” sure Neymar will remain – there has been more insight into the mindset of a young athlete hell-bent on becoming the best player in the world.
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This “obsession”, according to BBC’s South American football expert Tim Vickery, will force the Brazilian out of the Camp Nou, with Barca dominated by the presence of Lionel Messi.
“I think it’s absolutely no coincidence that this speculation has emerged shortly after the news that Lionel Messi has signed a new contract with Barcelona,” Vickery told BBC’s Radio 5Live.
Vickery delved into the intrigue of Neymar motivations, recounting how his goal has always to be voted FIFA Player of the Year.
He said: “I’ll try and put Neymar’s European adventure in context … For Neymar’s idol, Robinho,it was automatically assumed when he went to Europe he would be FIFA World Player of the Year.
“It didn’t happen for him at all and that FIFA World Player of the Year award is an absolute obsession in Brazil.
“Between 1994 and 2007, five Brazilians (Romario, Ronaldo, Rivaldo, Ronaldinho, Kaka) won it on eight different occasions. That set the bar for subsequent generations. Neymar had seen then the degree of difficulty in European club football was going to be strong.
“That was the idea of going to Barcelona first and being in Messi’s shadow. Great, pressure off. But after a while, [Messi’s] shadow stops being refreshing and starts being cold because you can’t be FIFA World Player of the Year if you’re not even the outstanding player in your own team.”
At PSG, Neymar would be the undoubted superstar and his arrival alone would elevate the club to prime candidates to win the Champions League. Lead a French team to the title – in an era dominated by superclubs like Bayern Munich, Real Madrid and Barcelona – and individual accolades will follow.
In France, newspaper L’Equipe took a more reserved approach to the rumours, citing a PSG source.
“We’re not going to repeat the Neymar show, there is a huge release clause and you have to be realistic,” the anonymous source said.
Yet the signing of Dani Alves could be enough to sway Neymar to the French capital, according to French football expert Julien Laurens.
“PSG aren’t getting carried away … but they were told the door is opening and money is [problem] for them,” he told ESPN FC. “If Neymar is ready to come to Paris, they will do everything to make it happen.
“I think Dani Alves, Neymar’s great friend, signing for them is a very good thing for Paris. Maxwell is the assistant sporting director because Maxwell and Neymar are very good friends and I think Maxwell has been on the phone with Neymar.
“Despite feeling used by Neymar’s dad last summer, PSG have never stopped making contact with him.”
Neymar’s father also appears to be playing a pivotal role in the breakdown at Barcelona. WILL IT BE GOOD FOR BARCELONA FOR Neymar transfer CHECK THIS OUT
Lucas Sposito of sportwitness.co.uk delved into Neymar Snr’s string pulling, saying the relationship “broke down when the club decided not to sign Lucas Lima from Santos.”
Neymar’s father acts as an intermediary for the Catalan giants, recommending Brazilian players to the club in exchange for a cut of the transfer fee. Neymar’s father was “angry” that the deal for Lima didn’t occur, while Marca claims the player’s “never ending quest for god-like status” will “force him out of Barcelona.”
Whether that will occur this off-season or in the future is unclear. But if the vast analysis is correct, Neymar’s obsession to become greater than Messi will see him leave eventually. And PSG are one of the few, perhaps the only, club in Europe who can afford him. Neymar transfer